Regulation changes to the provisional registration of doctors


15 / 12 / 2014 1.15pm

The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced changes to the way provisional registration works, which will come into effect from 1 April 2015.

The new regulation means that doctors in training with provisional registration, will need to successfully complete their first foundation year (F1) and gain their full registration status within a maximum time period of 3 years and 30 days (1125 days). Doctors who do not complete F1 within this time will have their provisional registration withdrawn.

Provisionally registered doctors are restricted in the UK to practise in approved programmes only until they achieve full registration. This new regulation will make sure that doctors are not able to hold provisional registration indefinitely and minimises the risk of junior doctors practising outside of the scope of their registration where the required supervision and support may not be available (e.g. in locum positions or in private practice).

Feedback received by the GMC in a public consultation about the changes indicated that 3 years and 30 days was sufficient time for doctors to achieve full registration, even for doctors who require additional time in training.  The GMC has also announced a process for doctors who need additional time to complete their F1 year, including those working less than full time, which includes strict criteria and requires the agreement of the training provider.

Find out more 

Further information on the regulation changes can be found on the GMC website and you can find out more about the foundation programme and restriction on employment for provisionally registered doctors from our medical workforce section.

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